Date of stay: 4 times during 2006-2010, most recent was 2 nights in August 2010
Where you stayed: Meeting point Hostel
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
Amsterdam is famous for its red light district and cannabis selling coffee shops. Many stag & hen parties head to Amsterdam to party but Amsterdam has so much more to offer.
I’ve been to Amsterdam four times between 2006 & 2010 and two of those were for stag parties. My first visit to Amsterdam was a weekend tour in 2006 with Anderson tours. We left London early Friday morning via bus and travelled through France, Belgium and the Netherlands. This tour was great and I made some great friends but it’s a long journey (roughly 12 hours driving on the first day but it’s great if you’re travelling on a budget) The tour stops in Bruges on the way back to London so you’ll be able tick off both places in one weekend. Link to the tour here.
The Red light district of Amsterdam is a big tourist attraction; it’s a network of alleys with small room apartments rented by sex workers. Illuminated red lights distinguish these rooms.
Coffee shops in Amsterdam are allowed to sell small amounts of cannabis. It’s advisable not to buy anything from people in the street, smoking is only allowed within these coffee shops or in hostel smoking rooms but this does not always happen! Some popular coffee shops would be The Grasshopper (3 story building illuminated by green lights) The Bull Dog cafes and Free Adam coffee shop.
Amsterdam has many canals and famous museums; I’d recommend hiring a bike and doing a tour around the city to see everything on offer. Anne Franks house is a museum worth visiting, Anne Frank hid from the Nazi soldiers with her family in hidden rooms at the rear of the building. Click on the following link to find out more about Anne Franks museum. I’d recommend getting there early as queues of people will be waiting to enter the museum throughout the day.
For those looking to surprise their loved ones or wanting to see the famous Tulip fields then I'd suggest a trip to the Keukenhof Gardens between March to April. The Keukenhof garden is a top Holland attraction and consists of roughly 7 million seasonal flower types. Tulip fields everywhere and other flower types. We did a half day tour to the gardens in April 2010 and booked through Vaitor. It cost us roughly €35, click on the following link Keukenhof Gardens to book and for more information.
My most recent trip to Amsterdam was for a stag weekend in August 2010. We stayed at Meeting Point Youth Hostel and I’d recommend this hostel. It’s centrally located (less then 5 minutes from Central station) rooms are clean and tidy and the staff were great.
Points to highlight: Amsterdam Schiphol airport is about 20 minutes from the city centre. You’ll need to catch a train to central station and trains run every 10 minutes and cost around €4 for a single journey. This would be the easiest way to the city centre and trains run from platforms 1 & 2. Be sure to have change on hand to buy tickets. Popular airlines that fly to Amsterdam Schiphol from London include Easy Jet, KLM and Ryan Air. Flight times are around 1 hour and I’d suggest booking in advance to secure cheap flights.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your tour: If travelling on a budget then yes, Anderson tours
Would you recommend your hotel/hostel: Yes, Meeting Point Youth Hostel
Overall rating: 4 out of 5